The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and U.S. Marine Corps today announced the two companies chosen for the first phase of the Joint Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Targeting Vehicle (RST-V) Advanced Technology Demonstrator program. Each company has entered into a "Section 845/804 Other Transaction for Prototypes" agreement to receive approximately $3 million for the initial 13-month design phase. The selected companies are: Lockheed Martin Vought Systems, Grand Prairie, Texas, and General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, Mich.
Each team will design a notional RST-V and conduct necessary systems engineering and capability trade-off studies. DoD has provided a Systems Capability Document with system goals and three specific requirements -- that the vehicle be internally transportable in a V-22 aircraft, use a hybrid electric propulsion system, and include an integrated survivability suite. Beyond these three requirements, each team will conduct trade-off studies to develop their optimum design. At the conclusion of the 13-month design phase, DoD will select one team to build and test two vehicles in a 36-month second phase valued at approximately $22 million.
The RST-V will carry three to four Marines on long-range reconnaissance, surveillance and targeting missions. When operating using only stored electric power, the RST-V will be capable of silent movement and silent watch. Its high mobility and integrated survivability system will provide a leap-ahead capability over many fielded and add-on vehicle systems. The RST-V supports the Marine Corps' Operational Maneuver From The Sea and will be available for use in future Marine Corps, Navy, and Army experiments and demonstrations.
Under Section 845 ("Other Transactions for Prototypes") of Public Law 103-160, codified in 10 U.S.C. 2371, and subsequently modified in Section 804 of Public Law 104-201, DoD is able to support research and development by using streamlined procurement methods. The government retains maximum flexibility in these "other transactions" to apply only those policies, practices and standards that make sense on a case-by-case basis, and can, to a large extent, use generally accepted commercial practices. The use of Section 845/804 authorities allows the contractor team to be more creative in implementing a management framework and designing the vehicle system while allowing DoD to be a full Integrated Product Team member.
Additional information on the RST-V program is available via the World Wide Web at http://www.usmc-awt.brtrc.com/rst-v/rstv.htm.